The price was comparative with most of the bigger name mid range hotels, but from the reviews and photos it looked like something a bit different, but a similar quality. What it turned out to be was a run down old building, with similarly run down rooms; all coridoor carpets were covered in wine and other un identifiable stains, whilst in the room we were greeted with very grubby looking curtains and bathroom, plus a falling apart picture of John Malkovich on the wall which was barely held together with yellowing sellotape. The cynic in me would say a lot of artistic license was used with the advertising photos. Walls are paper thin, windows are single glass and ours faced onto a busy railway line, and a building site, so we hardly slept due to a combination of the welders the trains and our neighbours. Breakfast left a lot to be desired, and the little things like a kettle in the room wouldn't have gone amiss.
Plus points were that the staff were reasonably friendly, and the hotel is easily walkable distance from the center of the city.
The welders outside were obviously not a permanent feature of the hotel, but nether the less, we will not be staying there again.
If you have a thing for John Malkovich (every single room appeared to have a picture of him in) then this may be the hotel for you. Otherwise I would suggest trying somewhere else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Big Sleep Hotel Cardiff managed by Compass Hospitality opened its doors in Cardiff in 1999 to a deluge of publicity and. The Big Sleep Hotel was credited as "The UK's first design hotel for budget travelers - Travelodge prices, but with more sex-appeal" by the UK's foremost hospitality publication The Travel Trade Gazette. Our hotel ideally located in Cardiff city centre opposite the Motorpoint Arena (formally Cardiff International Arena) and the new St David's shopping arcade. We are within walking distance of the Cafe Quarter, local tourist attractions and businesses. The hotel offers 81 bedrooms come with flat screen TV's, Broadband access, Wifi, complimentary tea and coffee making facilities. We also have disabled access rooms available as well as the car parking is available on a first come first parked basis and is chargeable. Alternative parking is also available at a charge which is walking distance from hotel. We appeal to business, leisure and family travelers for those who don't want to spend a fortune but do need somewhere to stay that's different and delivers big value at small prices. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Big Sleep Hotel
- Big Sleep Cardiff
- Big Hotel Sleep
- Big Cardiff Hotel Sleep
- The Big Sleep Hotel Cardiff By Compass Hospitality Wales